From Steven Spielberg to Mel Gibson, Hollywood mourns Richard Donner

Hollywood mourns Richard Donner
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Danny Glover, Kevin Feige and Sean Astin also paid tribute to the filmmaker.

Richard Donner died that night at the age of 91. Important filmmaker from the 1970s to the 1990s, we owe him in particular The Curse, Superman, Ladyhawke, The Goonies, Lethal Weapon, Maverick and Conspiracies, and today he is mourned by all-Hollywood, starting with the artists with whom he has worked.

Superman, Lethal Weapon, The Goonies… director Richard Donner is dead

Steven Spielberg, who imagined the story of Goonies (scripted by Chris Columbus) and co-produced the 1985 family adventure film, releasing a tribute in Variety : “Dick had such a mastery of his films, and he was talented enough to tackle multiple genres. Being part of his circle of friends was like hanging out with your favorite coach, your smartest teacher, your most motivating loved one, your most endearing friend, your most devoted ally, and of course, the best. Goonie of all. He was a real kid. With all his heart. All the time. I can’t believe he’s gone, but his outspoken laugh will always stay with me. “

Sean Astin, one of the comedians of the band Goonies, also remembers the laughter of the filmmaker on the film set: Richard Donner had the deepest voice you could imagine. He asked us to be attentive and laughed like no one else. Dick was so fun. What I felt next to him, when I was a 12 year old kid. is that he cared about us. I loved the way he took care of people. ‘Goonies Never Say Die’ “

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Mel Gibson and Danny Glover, who form the flagship duo of The lethal Weapon, also regret seeing the director disappear. “Give! My friend, my mentor, exclaims the actor who also shot for him in Maverick and Conspiracies. Oh, how I learned things from him! He hid his talent under a good layer of kindness and humility, having fun defining himself on set as ‘a traffic cop’. He left his ego at the door and asked others to do the same. He was magnanimous, had a big heart, a beautiful soul, and offered all of this on purpose to those he knew. If you stacked up all the good things he’s done in his life, you’d hit the sky. I will miss him his mischief and his wisdom. “ Glover expresses his pride in having been able to work alongside “Dick Donner, Mel Gibson and the whole The lethal Weapon. I will always be grateful to him for that. He took care of me, my life and my family. We were friends, well beyond a simple collaboration on the screen or the success that this saga gave us. I will miss him so much. “

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Sylvester Stallone, who starred in his film Assassins, released in 1995, recounts having “Loved working with him on this film. He was a close man and extremely talented. He also had a great sense of humor, his laughter was thunderous.”

We also feel the influence of Richard Donner through tributes from actors and directors who have not collaborated with him, such as Ben Stiller, who tweeted : “Richard Donner has made films that have marked their time. Which have impressed our conscience. It is never easy to do, and I have always admired his work.”

Edgar Wright (who notably referenced The lethal Weapon in Hot Fuzz) at shared multiple messages on his filmography: “Richard Donner’s big heart and effervescent charm was evident in his films and the remarkable performances of his castings, which were never quirky. If you remember the characters in Superman, of The lethal Weapon, Goonies and others, it’s because Donner knew how to capture their magic onscreen. (…) One of his films that I saw young and that I see often since is The curse. Because if it is often imitated, it is rarely cited as being a perfectly constructed and acted horror film. I think it’s one of the first films of the 1980s, but shot in the 70’s. The story of David Warner is anchored in my mind forever. I only saw him once and he was funny, charming and told a lot of stories (while answering my geek questions with joy and indulgence). I am so sad not to be able to meet him anymore. RIP. “

As for Kevin Feige, the producer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he seems to have been particularly influenced by Superman and his success in creating his own superheroic universe: “Not only did Richard Donner succeed in making me believe that a man could fly, but he also proved to me that we could transpose comic book heroes to the cinema while bringing them heart, humor, humanity and verisimilitude. Above all, he taught me that it should be done with respect, taking care of everyone who is in front of or behind the camera. Dick and Lauren (Shuler Donner, wife of Richard and the producer of the 20th Century Fox super-films (led by the X-Men) became mentors early in my career, and key supporters when the MCU was born. I owe them my career. , to them who took the time to feed and teach this young kid from New Jersey who couldn’t use a fax machine or make coffee very well. I always believed Dick was immortal. I still believe him. . I think very much of Laurent and all his family. “

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